2018 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research & Medical Care Roundtable at NDSC

What parents, self-advocates & caregivers should know

2018 NDSC Roundtable

Co-organized with the NDSC, the Global Roundtable is a free benefit to registrants of the NDSC Annual Convention and features renowned scientists and medical professionals. This year’s Global Roundtable featured five expert speakers and covered the following topics: Advocated Fueling Progress in Research & Medical Care, The Link Between Research & Medical Care, Regression in Down syndrome, Lung Infection & Cognition in Down syndrome, and Insights from the Human Trisome Project.

Survey Results & Testimonials


  Average Totals
Overall Rating 4.5
Relevance of content to your family or work? 4.4
Knowledge of Speaker 4.6
Clarity of Presentation 4.5
Q&A 4.5

“Dr. Joaquín Espinosa was very informative!”
– Glenda Williams, Dallas, TX

“Fascinating info! Thank you for all that you do!
– Adrianne Sullivan, Hurst, TX

“This is my second Medical Care Roundtable! The information is promising and enlightening!”
– Saul Romo, Pasadena, CA

“Please make it happen again next year!”
– Margaret Bergon, Dolgeville, NM

“This one has been the BEST! Very informative!”
– Molly Guidry, Lafayette, LA


Speakers and Presentations

To view the presentations, click on each speaker’s presentation title.

Michelle Sie Whitten, MA

President & CEO, Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Executive Director, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation
Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome Board of Directors

Advocates Fueling Progress in Research & Medical Care

Brian Chicoine, MDBrian Chicoine, MD

Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL

The Link Between Research & Medical Care

Lina PatelLina Patel, PsyD

Director of Psychology, Anna & John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

Regression in Down Syndrome

Michael Yeager, PhDMichael Yeager, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO

Take a Deep Breath: Lung Infection and Cognition in Down Syndrome

Joaquín Espinosa, PhD

Executive Director, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Insights from the Human Trisome Project: Understanding Down Syndrome as an Immune System Disorder